Tag Archives: An Idiot Abroad

New to Blu: July 9-15

The visually spectacular natural history series, Wild Planet: North America, soars on Blu-ray with top picture specs and an extra that allows you to silence Tom Selleck’s “American Darwinism” commentary for just music and the sounds of nature. “This is an incredibly sharp, well defined and colourful high definition presentation that benefits from the usual assortment […]

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New to Blu: January 22-28

Oscar-winning Ockers Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush shine as much as their Blu-ray transfers in the week’s best new releases. The former is a front-runner for another Academy Award for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and the latter turns in his best performance since Shine in Giuseppe (Cinema Paradiso) Tornatore’s first English-language film, The Best Offer. […]

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HD Feed: September 18

The first reviews are in for the next series of Downton Abbey. Expect Prime to screen it within weeks of the UK broadcasts – which means that even though it will be in SD, at least the series should be out on Blu-ray in time for Christmas. It opened to an average audience of 8.6 million, which […]

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HD Highlights: August 24

SoHo Highlight: The Promise (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) In part two of four, Len meets Abu-Hassan Mohammed, an Arab charwallah working for the British Army in 1940s Palestine, while in the present day Erin delves deeper into her grandfather’s story. Writer Peter Kosminksy (The Government Inspector) calls The Promise “undoubtedly my most ambitious undertaking in 30 years […]

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HD Highlights: August 10

SoHo Cinema: Iron-Jawed Angels (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) The inspirational true story of how two young suffragists, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, dared to make a stand for women’s rights and ended up shaping the future of America. Said the US TV Guide: “All the elements for a splendid film about the early days of the women’s […]

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HD Highlights: July 27

SoHo Highlight: One Nation Under Dog (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) A look at the sobering realities behind our relationship with dogs, showing how far some dog lovers will go, and how far we have to go to treat all dogs humanely. “Well into One Nation Under Dog, HBO’s revealing but difficult documentary about our deep bonds with […]

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New to Blu: June 8-14 (TV)

New to Blu: June 8-14 (TV)

Three best-of-British favourites top this week’s TV-on-BD releases – and each comes with exclusive content that hasn’t been broadcast. Sherlock: Series 1 boasts a pilot episode in addition to the three telemovies that have just completed an SD run on TV One, along with two audio commentaries and a making-of half-hour. The only downside is […]

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Tonight in HD: March 31

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) When Janice asks the gang if any of them have ever slept together, the friends flash back to a time three years before. No Ordinary Family (TV2, 8.30) Jim and Stephanie’s romantic plans are thwarted when they have to team up and use their superpowers to deal with a serial arsonist. […]

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Tonight in HD: March 10

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Joey buys a big screen TV and two leather recliners with his new-found money; Ross and Rachel attempt to have their first real date, but it’s difficult for Rachel to overcome their long friendship. No Ordinary Family (TV2, 8.30) Jim and his family continue to investigate the extensiveness of their super […]

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HDTV Ratings: March 3

For the first time, TV3’s Bones has out-rated TV2’s No Ordinary Family with 18-49 year-olds, albeit by the narrowest of margins. Last night’s episode drew 9% compared with Family’s 8.9%. So there was next to nothing in it — until you consider the turnaround from the previous week, when Bones was watched by 8% and Family, […]

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